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Arcturus UAV, now operating under the AeroVironment brand, has been awarded a competitive task order valued at approximately US$7M from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). This is for a one-year period of performance, which started on 3 February 2021.

USSOCOM selected Arcturus UAV as one of six companies qualified for the potential US$975M Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) MEUAS contract in June 2020. The contract enables awardees to compete for site-specific task orders and provide USSOCOM with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) services and support for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development, said, “part of AeroVironment’s expanded portfolio of medium UAS, the fixed wing JUMP 20 is capable of vertical takeoff and landing, making it completely runway independent.”

Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development (Image: AeroVironment)

“Runway independence maximises the ability of customers to deploy the JUMP 20 in a broad range of locations and environments, while minimising the logistical footprint required to operate it. JUMP 20 is also capable of hosting multiple different payload options, delivering true versatility and multi-mission capabilities to support a wide array of customer requirements.”

AeroVironment recently successfully demonstrated the JUMP 20 for the US Army Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) “RODEO”, which took place from 22 February to 5 March at Fort Benning, Georgia.